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psi

1
[sahy, psahy]
noun, plural psis.
  1. the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet (Ψ, ψ).
  2. the group of consonant sounds represented by this letter.
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Origin of psi

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Greek pseî

psi

2
[sahy]
noun
  1. any purportedly psychic phenomenon, as psychokinesis, telepathy, clairvoyance, or the like.
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Origin of psi

2
1940–45; shortening of psychic or parapsychic
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Historical Examples of psis

  • "You'd sure look silly if all the Psis in town blackballed you," I snarled at him.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • "Nobody forced her to associate with a gang of Psis," he said.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Crescas appeared as if by magic—Psis act like that—and had me by the arm.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • His black eyes had that lively watchfulness you associate with Psis.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Their attire, their homes, everything about Psis, seems tasteful.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for psis

PSIS

abbreviation for (in New Zealand)
  1. Public Service Investment Society, New Zealand's largest credit union
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psi

1
abbreviation for
  1. pounds per square inch
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psi

2
noun
  1. the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet (Ψ, ψ), a composite consonant, transliterated as ps
    1. paranormal or psychic phenomena collectively
    2. (as modifier)psi powers
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Word Origin and History for psis

psi

n.

23rd letter of the Greek alphabet. Use for "psychic force, paranormal phenomenon" dates from 1942 (probably from psychic (adj.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psis in Medicine

psi

(sī, psī)
n.
  1. The 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet.
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